BEST OF 2021 WEDDING STYLE

Your wedding day style (attire, hair, makeup, accessories) reflects who you are and sets the vibe of your big day. While every couple is gorgeous in their own way, here are just a few of our favorite looks from 2021. Schedule your hair makeup trial, and go find your dream dress now because we promise you will want to recreate these looks for your wedding!

Love this post? We’re sharing our “semi finalist” picks on Instagram. Go check it out for even more inspiration!

Beaded Beauty

The scalloped beading on this dress from Fiori Bridal reminds me of butterfly wings, and is simply stunning. (Photo: AveyBaby Photography)

Glam & Gorgeous

With her bold lip and fur shawl, this bride embodies glamour! (Photo: Colette Kulig Photography)

The James Bonds

These grooms’ classic, debonair style is a great compliment to their killer (see what we did there?) wedding planned by Destinations Found. (Photo: GarrenTee Photography)

The Perfect Mismatched Bridal Party

This bridal party absolutely nailed the mismatched look. Each bridesmaid looks gorgeous in her own unique way. A coordinated color palette and beautiful, natural makeup by Jennifer Perellie ties it all together. (Photo: LuvLens Photography)

Boho Beauty

This couple crushed the romantic, boho look. The bride handmade her own lush bouquet, and her maid of honor (@makeupby_cbelle) created this natural makeup look that completes the vibe. (Photo: Jenna Brisson Photography)

Classic & Cool

This couple is so glamorous. Jennifer Perellie created a makeup look that allows the bride’s natural beauty to show through and compliments the classic wedding planned by Lindsey Leichthammer. And that candid shot of the couple with their sunglasses…too cool for words. (Photo: Matt Lim)

The Cape Skirt

The beading on this dress is enough to make us soon, but the CAPE…we’re toast. This dress sets the tone for this amazing celebration. (Photo: K Lenhart Weddings)

 

Sheer Perfection

This bride embodies feminine and free spirited style in this lace and tulle gown with blush undertones from Veilmonté Bridal Showroom. The addition of a long veil is perfection.  (Photo: Julia Rebecca Photography)

 

Happily Leather After

We are obsessed with this white leather jacket with “happily ever after” embroidered on the back. Your wedding reception, after party, honeymoon, bachelorette party, the grocery store…we can think of several occasions to rock this. (Photo: Colette Kulig Photography)

 

Effortless Elegance

Is there anything more elegant than a sweeping cathedral veil? This couple effortlessly married their two heritages (Indian and Filipino) with a beautiful celebration planned by Odyssey Events. (Photo: Nicholas Natale)

 

Thank you to everyone who submitted for the Best of 2021 series! Don’t forget to check out our “semi finalists” on Instagram, and sign up for our newsletter to get each Best of post emailed to you weekly this month!

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Quick recap: what is Vermont Weddings Best of 2021 Series?

A little backstory if you’re unfamiliar: we started the Best of series last year (2020) to highlight some of the amazing work by the talented teams in the Vermont wedding industry. It’s an opportunity to both celebrate a year’s worth of weddings and inspire couples who are planning a future Vermont wedding. (A quick note on the word “best”: the intention isn’t to make this a competition between weddings, but to share a small, but representative, sample of the weddings in Vermont this year.  To that end, please know that we love each and every wedding that was submitted, and the final picks are carefully chosen based on a variety of factors to create a compelling series.)

Here’s what you can expect:

All December, we’ll be rolling out inspiring stories in various categories:

  • Read Now: Best of Engagements 
  • Best of Style 
  • Best of Flowers
  • Best of Party Animals
  • Best of Design & Details
  • Best of Elopements
  • Best of Location
  • Best of Community

Plus, because the submissions were just THAT good, we’re sharing our “semi finalist” picks for each category on Instagram. That means you’ll want to follow us to see even more highlights, and come back to the blog each week to see the “best” picks in each category.

We recommend signing up for our newsletter – we’ll send you an email each week with the highlights so you won’t miss a thing. (Going forward we only send 1 – 2 emails a month.)

MEET MAKEUP ARTIST JENNIFER PERELLIE

Every bride wants to feel confident on her wedding day, which is why a talented makeup artist plays a key role on your wedding day. Jennifer Perellie is an award-winning, internationally-published makeup artist. With over a decade’s worth of experience, she’s helped countless brides feel their best on their big day. She sat down with Vermont Weddings to share a bit about herself and how she became an in-demand makeup artist.

How did you get into wedding makeup?
I worked on counter for a big makeup company while freelancing on location for film and photoshoots. I booked a wedding through conversation one day, and completely fell in love with the whole experience! I knew right from the first wedding that it was a perfect fit for me. Luckily, the Vermont wedding industry is very welcoming, and it did not take long before I was working weddings full time. I feel very lucky to be a part of such a supportive and talented community. 

How would you describe your style?
I truly think the most beautiful makeup is what I’d call enhancing makeup. I prefer a natural, fresh face that enhances a bride’s beauty. I excel in creating ethereal, perfectly-blended makeup with a subtle glow that stays put all day.

What inspires your work?
The power of makeup inspires me. I love how even the most subtle change or addition can make the biggest difference. For example, I love how a bold red lip can make me feel confident. Makeup not only sets the mood – it can change it completely. It’s really is a powerful tool that can be used to convey emotion. It’s also just so much fun!

What’s your favorite moment during a wedding? 
Definitely the moment the bride is done with her hair and makeup, gets into her wedding dress and sees herself in the mirror for the first time. It’s a wonderful moment to witness. 

Any special tips for couples for choosing / working with a wedding makeup artist or about wedding makeup in general? 
First I recommend that they look closely at portfolios. Even though makeup is creative, look for consistency in the work. Look for closeups, zoom in on the work and really see it! Look at the style of the work. If you gravitate towards their style that’s a good sign. 

Professionalism is just as important as talent. Not only will you need a MUA who you can trust with executing your vision, you also need someone who is organized and responsive with communication and follow-through. 

Investment is also important to consider. Price matches talent and experience. A seasoned makeup artist who excels in their field is going to be a bigger investment but it’s absolutely worth it.

Lastly, make sure you like your makeup artist and feel comfortable around them. You will be spending a lot of time together along with your closest family and friends on the morning of your wedding. It’s important to like who will be helping you all get ready during those moments before the ceremony begins.

What’s your favorite thing to do in VT?
My favorite thing to do is pack up my truck and head out for a day of kayaking.

If you weren’t a wedding makeup artist, what would you do?
Before my career in makeup I was a working mixed media artist. I have sold paintings all around the world. If it wasn’t for the creative outlet I have with makeup, I would probably still be painting professionally. 

What’s a fun fact about yourself?
I have a painting on an album cover of the songwriter who wrote Taylor Danes “Tell It To My Heart”.

 

Thank you, Jennifer! Learn more and contact Jennifer in the vendor guide.

AN ELEGANT BARN WEDDING AT THE INN AT THE ROUND BARN FARM

Laura and Travis, both native Vermonters, met their sophomore year at UVM and have been together ever since. When it came time to plan their wedding, they knew they wanted to tie the knot in the Green Mountain state. 

Laura says she and Travis knew the The Inn at Round Barn Farm was their ideal venue. “The barn is in an idyllic setting, surrounded by lush greenery. And it gave us options to host outside or inside,” she says.

The couple partnered with planner Wink and Willow to bring their dream of a rustic barn wedding with modern, elegant touches to life. Other personalized touches included Laura’s dress change (complete with denim jacket), an appearance from the couple’s adorable pup, and a custom pink neon sign with their wedding hashtag. The result was, in a single word: stunning.

Photo of bride and groom standing outside the Inn at the Round Barn Farm on wedding day in Waitsfield, Vermont

More Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration

Be sure to check out more posts of our real Vermont wedding posts here.

Venue: Inn at the Round Barn Farm | Photography: RODEO & CO.| Makeup Artist: JENNIFER PERELLIE – MAKEUP ARTIST | Wedding Florist: IN FULL BLOOM | Second Dress: FIORI BRIDAL BOUTIQUE | Wedding DJ: TOP HAT ENTERTAINMENT| Styling: WINK AND WILLOW | Rentals:CHICKADEE HILL | First Dress: EVERTHINE BRIDAL | Hair: CHRISTINA DEMAG

ROMANTIC FALL WEDDING AT BOYDEN FARM

Every season has its own unique beauty, but there is something special about autumn in Vermont. For Lauren and Joe, the season offered the perfect backdrop to their October wedding the Barn at Boyden Farm. “We wanted friends and family, especially those who had never been to Vermont, to experience the beauty the Green Mountains has to offer!” says Lauren. “Being late October, we were blessed with both foliage and snow capped mountains.”

Lauren, originally from the Northeast Kingdom, and Joe, who grew up skiing in Vermont, met in Atlanta through mutual friends. They said it was a no-brainer to celebrate their wedding back in the state they both loved. 

Vermont Fall Wedding Details

Because of the early chill, guests were greeted with blankets, hand warmers and spiked cider to stay warm during the outdoor ceremony, which took place under an arbor built by the bride’s dad with driftwood from her childhood home. 

Some of the couple’s favorite moments were in the quiet, small details of the day. Joe fondly remembers watching Lauren walk down the aisle, noting her veil glowed in the evening sun. Lauren says her favorite moment was the vows. “Joe had rescued two kittens for me a year before we got married,” she explains. “and he had written his vows on a kitty card. I was so nervous, but when I saw the card, I couldn’t help but smile and feel at ease.” 

Photo of bride and groom in front of tractor at fall wedding at the Barn at Boyden Farm in Vermont

More Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration

Be sure to check out more posts of our real Vermont wedding posts here.

Venue: THE BARN AT BOYDEN FARM| Photographer: GARTER AND WHISKEY | Makeup Artist: JENNIFER PERELLIE – MAKEUP ARTIST| Hair Stylist: BEAUTY BY CHELSEY | Florals: FLORAL ARTISTRY | Catering: BLACK DIAMOND BARBEQUE | Band: A HOUSE ON FIRE